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Thomas M. Dowling MENDON — Thomas M. Dowling, 74, of Mendon, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in the loving presence of his family. He was born on Feb. 5, 1945, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the son of Joseph P. Dowling and Sadie (Klein) Dowling. Tom graduated from Dowling High School in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1962, St. Ambrose College (University) in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the University of Notre Dame with a Doctorate in Juris Prudence in 1969. He became a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois in 1972 and in Vermont in 1975. On Aug. 29, 1970, he was married to Maureen O’Brien in Burlington. Tom was employed by Arthur Young and Co. (aka Ernst & Young) from 1969 to 1975 and resided in Chicago. Tom and Maureen moved to Rutland in 1975 when he began practicing law at Ryan, Smith and Carbine after being admitted to the Vermont Bar Association that year. He specialized in General Civil Practice, Corporate, Banking, Insurance, Public Utility, Real Estate and Environmental, Probate and Estate Planning, Tax, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law, Health Care Law, and Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving. He was a partner at the firm at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Maureen O. Dowling, of Mendon; three daughters Colleen Kraus and husband Karl, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, Laura Dowling, of Austin, Texas, Tricia Hebert and husband Mark, of Guilford, New Hampshire; and one son, Brian Dowling and wife Asal of Dubai, UAE. Tom had four granddaughters Shannon Kraus, Sheridan Kraus, Vivienne Hebert and Alma Dowling. He also leaves three sisters Sr. Mary Kay Dowling, of Chicago, Jean Dols and husband Stephen and Janet Ehlinger and husband Steven, all of Houston, Texas; several nieces and nephews. Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to either Vermont VNA and Hospice, Christ the King School, Foley Cancer Center or MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Rutland.

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